Publication Date

4-5-2019

Document Type

Article

Degree Type

Undergraduate

Department

Psychology

Mentor

Dawn McBride

Mentor Department

Psychology

Abstract

Prospective memory is remembering to complete a task in the future and tends to be cognitively taxing. Precrastination is the tendency to complete a task sooner to reduce cognitive load. The current study assessed prospective memory and precrastination with two blocks of a lexical decision task. Undergraduate participants were instructed to complete two blocks of the lexical decision task and were randomly assigned to beginning, middle, end, or choose conditions to complete the prospective memory task, which was generating a list of items from a given category. A control group completed the ongoing lexical decision task alone to compare the average response times without an additional task. The ongoing response times from the blocks of the lexical decision task will be recorded and compared between conditions. Participants in the assigned conditions were compared with the choose condition to compare the response times of those who precrastinated. First, we expect more participants in the choose condition to pre-crastinate by generating their list first than in the middle or end. Additionally, participants should demonstrate longer ongoing response times prior to generating the list than after completing the list.

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